Source: (2010) Research Summary 5/10. London: Ministry of Justice.
A pilot to test the implementation of the unpaid reparative work conditional caution (RWC),1 a type of out-of-court disposal, took place in seven Basic Command Units (BCUs) between December 2006 and September 2007. The purpose of the RWC was to enable offenders to make good any damage they had caused by carrying out up to 20 hours of specified work. There was a low take-up with only six RWCs administered by the time the pilot finished, earlier than planned, in September 2007. The research described here explored the reasons for this low take-up. The pilot was not able to produce evidence on the effectiveness of the RWC. The RWC is still available to be used as a condition of a caution at the discretion of local criminal justice areas.(excerpt)
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